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Inside Real Studios: Christa Elyce

Inside Real Studios: Christa Elyce

When I was trying to figure out what I wanted my new studio to say to my clients I realized it was much more about how I wanted them to feel. I want to transport them to New York City to the set of Vogue or Vanity Fair magazine. In reality, the studio is located in an collective artists studio in a refurbished old rice mill called The Silos on Sawyer. My style of Intimate Portraits soon became a luxury experience to the women that come through the studio.

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Peek Inside: Ben Sasso for AGLOW Magazine

Peek Inside: Ben Sasso for AGLOW Magazine

Film or Digital? This is the question for the ages. Over the past five or so years, there has been a huge resurgence of film shooters in the market, and I think that freaking rocks. Not because I think film is better than digital, but because I love variety. I applaud people using whatever medium they adore the most to create things they’re proud of and that others can enjoy. My suggestion for all of you is to not feel locked down to one or the other. The truth is that film and digital are both awesome, and if we learn a bit about them both, we can use each of them to benefit our shoots in different ways.

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Travel With Photographers: Natasha Lee

Travel With Photographers: Natasha Lee

“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore…” Years after learning about Christopher Columbus and the ocean blue during grade school, this quote resurfaced as we gazed up at his tomb, hoisted onto the shoulders of the stone knights in the Seville Cathedral. I imagined that this was where he started his journey, down towards Cadiz, and off into the unknown. And it was here where we began our own journey as well, southbound into the heart of Andalusia, Spain.

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Inside Real Studios: Creative Clicks Photography

Inside Real Studios: Creative Clicks Photography

Having a studio changed everything about the service I was able to offer my clients. I work in a controlled environment much more conducive to photographing newborns. It's warm and flooded with natural light, it's quiet and serene. It's a comfortable space where parents can truly relax. A makeup artist makes mom feel truly pampered and having a studio wardrobe to borrow clothing from has been wildly popular with my clients. I have everything I need to consistently create beautiful imagery and a wonderfully luxurious experience for my clients!

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Peek Inside: AGLOW Magazine Vol 3 with Maui Maka Photography

Peek Inside: AGLOW Magazine Vol 3 with Maui Maka Photography

Kristy Taylor and Robyn Penn of Maui Maka Photography have completely surrounded themselves in their environment just like those underwater cameras. These photographers know that to truly know a subject, to fully grasp its truth, immersion is key. Luckily for them, and for us, their admirers, that total commitment takes place on one of the most magnificently breathtaking places on earth: the Hawaiian island of Maui. Through their images, Taylor and Penn bring that paradise to us.

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Travel With Photographers: Kirsty Larmour

Travel With Photographers: Kirsty Larmour

My family are nomads, the 4 of us were born in 4 different countries and with our daughters having been born in China and the United Arab Emirates they’ve been travelling since birth to places as wide ranging as Cambodia, India, Syria and Cuba. In 2014 we took a one year long, 60,000km road trip where we drove our family car (which is so old it still has a tape deck!) from our home in the Middle East, through Iran, Armenia, Georgia and Turkey to Europe, before spending time in Morocco and then driving through Russia and along the Silk Route through the Stans of Central Asia to get back home again – it was the adventure of a lifetime. Our daughters, who were 6 and 8 at the time we started, completely loved it and embraced life on the road! This summer we are taking a very long train trip from Hong Kong to England via the Trans Siberian Railway which  should be a completely different type of adventure!

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Posing 101 with Taryn Kent

Posing 101 with Taryn Kent

In photography, nailing the pose is everything. It’s how you sell the clothing or accessory the model is wearing and it’s how you get a mood across. It’s key that my poses come across organic and natural. I want my images to feel effortless and believable.

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New Social Media Marketing Kits

New Social Media Marketing Kits

Clients getting sneaky with your sneak peeks, screen-capping them from your blog or reposting them on social media without so much as a watermark? Brand your online teasers with these Photoshop templates that mark images distinctly as your own.

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What the Pros are Saying: Design Aglow Frames

What the Pros are Saying: Design Aglow Frames

"I needed to update the product page for my website to showcase the gorgeous array of frames that I have available! After purchasing the Design Aglow Show and Sell Frame Kit, I was able to create product imagery of my own that fit my business vibe! I created a simple flat-lay display with organic Pacific Northwestern touches that compliments the style of my website and brand. It is SO much easier to sell frames when the client can see and touch all styles that I have available."

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Travel With Photographers: Jessica Wright

Travel With Photographers: Jessica Wright

In May, I had an opportunity to visit the small town of Winthrop, Washington. This adventure wonderland outside of Seattle had been on my list for a long time because of the special accommodations that awaited. A quick flight from San Francisco and a two hour drive through the North Cascades National Park, found my husband and I in one of the most peaceful places I’ve been to yet. We took three days to unplug, turn off our phones, and just be.

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